April showers bring May flowers! But first (still), snow. At least there’s always books. And lots of them this month. To save you from ESS (Endless Scroll Syndrome), I’ve broken down the new releases by week. All the books from this post will be released Tuesday, April 7th.
Bears aren’t the only ones coming out of hibernation. So, let’s stretch our backs, and crack the spines of these new titles! (sidenote: if I’ve ever loaned you a book, and you’ve cracked the spine – you can just keep it.)
Euphoria by Lily King. Published in June 2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press
New England Book Award Winner, and also the winner of the Kirkus Prize for fiction in 2014.
This is Lily King’s 5th literary work of fiction, and probably her most noted. Set in New Guinea in the 1930’s, King imagines and creates a tale inspired by Margaret Mead’s life and work.
Although I’ve not read this book yet, I’ve had my eye on it since it’s release last year. And now it’s available in paperback!
If ever there was a most talked about book for 2014, this was probably it. This book was nominated for dozens of awards (yes, as in multiples of twelve), and took home a few prestigious ones – like the Pulitzer. That’ll look good on her mantel.
The book’s weighty plot about death and discovery is proportionate to its physical size. At a whopping 800 pages, The Goldfinch is not a weekend read.
I’ve not read this yet, but I’ve read plenty of reviews from well-known newspapers and magazines. While most felt that Tartt’s work was an obvious choice for the Pulitzer, not everyone found this melancholy tome so agreeable. Yet, it was chosen as the winner for the Maine Reader’s choice Award for 2014. Does Maine have it right? You decide!
Originally penned as Jeg Nekter in 2012 by Norwegian author Per Petterson, I Refuse will be making its American debut on the 7th of April.
Jim and Tommy were once childhood friends. But that was 35 years ago, and they’ve not seen each other since. Until Tommy unexpectedly drives by Jim, idly fishing on a bridge. The book follows their reunion, as they recount days gone by – including some turbulent times that have led them to today.
This is the 5th book in the Dawn of the Clans series, part of the Warriors Universe.
In A Forest Divided, readers are taken to the earliest days of the clans; even before they lived by the warrior code. Clear Sky is determined to gather the surrounding forest cats in order to survive the upcoming winter.
There are five series within this universe, plus field guides and super editions of specific characters. This roughly equates to about 50 books. On top of that, the quintet that makes up Erin Hunter also has a series about bears (The Seekers), and a series about dogs (The Survivors). How they keep up with all these storylines, I have no idea. They’re doing something right/write though – their books are immensely popular. I read the very first book from the Warriors Universe, and it was great. Very imaginative, and age appropriate without being childish. Impressively, the five of them have consistently written in the same style so as to be published as one author. I admire their coordination and communication skills.
What new books are you excited to acquire this spring?